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Poulsen, Frederik

    Full Name: Poulsen, Frederik

    Other Names:

    • Poul Frederik Sigfred Poulsen

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1876

    Date Died: 1950

    Place Born: Dalsgaard, Denmark

    Home Country/ies: Denmark

    Subject Area(s): archaeology


    Archaeologist. museum director and specialist in classical iconography. Poulsen studied at the university in Göttingen under Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff (1848-1931). He moved to Munich were he equally impressed Adolf Furtwängler. Between 1905-7 he studied under the auspices of the l’Ecole Française d’Athèness, concentrating on pottery from the Dipylon. Poulsen accepted the position of assistant at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen in 1910. Using colored drawings of Etruscan tomb paintings originally commissioned by the industrialist Carl C. H. Jacobsen (1842-1914) the 1890s, Poulsen authored Etruscan Tomb Paintings in 1922. He began publishing on classical portraiture with his Greek and Roman Portraits in English Country Homes of 1923. He was appointed director of the Glyptotek in 1926. In 1931 his major work on classical iconography, Iconographic Studies in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek was published. His participation in excavations included those at Delphi and Kalydon, the latter resulting in the publication Das Heroon von Kalydon, 1934, with Konstantinos Rhomaios (b. 1874) and the architect Ejnar Dyggve (1887-1961). His general catalog of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek of 1940 remains a source of scholarship for the works in that museum.

    Selected Bibliography

    and Dyggve, Ejnar and Rhomaios, Konstaninos. Das Heroon von Kalydon. Copenhagen: Levin & Munksgaard, 1934; and Rhomaios, Konstantinos. Aus einer alten Etruskerstadt. Copenhagen: A.F. Høst & Søn, 1927; Iconographic studies in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek. Copenhagen: s.n., 1931; Glimpses of Roman Culture. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1950; Etruscan Tomb Paintings: their Subjects and Significance. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1922; Delphi. London: Gyldendal, 1920; Greek and Roman Portraits in English Country Houses. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1923.


    Poulsen, Frederik. Travels & Sketches. New York: A. A. Knopf, 1923; “Poulsen, Poul Frederik Sigfred.” Encyclopedia of the History of Classical Archaeology. Nancy Thomson de Grummond, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996, vol. 2, pp. 926-7.


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